Top 5 Social Golf Courses on the Sunshine Coast

Top 5 Social Golf Courses on the Sunshine Coast


Social golf has grown in popularity in recent years, so much so that it accounts for almost two thirds of all play across Queensland.

Suitable for all standards of play, social golf allows you to access some of the very best golf courses on a pay as you play basis. If you are looking for immaculately kept greens and lush fairways without having to bear the joining cost then social golf is likely to deliver.

This blog post will take a closer look at 5 of the best social courses on the Sunshine Coast. Aside from top golfing facilities these venues will very often cater for weddings, birthdays and corporate events, making them ideal when planning an event or celebration.

Golf CoursesNoosa Springs

Boasting what can only be described as “heroic options” for golfers who are looking to card a lower score, Noosa Springs is one of the best known courses on the Sunshine Coast.

Rated as one of the top courses in Australia, special attention was given by the course designer to not only preserve, but to enhance the natural environment. The end result is an immensely playable 18 hole championship course with no less than 69 bunkers and water in play on 12 holes.

The Noosa Springs course is playable all year round and can be enjoyed in virtually any weather conditions.

If you are looking for high quality golf at an affordable price then Noosa Springs on the Sunshine Golf is a great choice. Groups of 12 or more qualify for discounted green fees, with the very casual golfer being able to opt for Callaway club rental if required.

Aside from just purely a golfing venue, the resort provides tennis facilities, a world-class fitness center and some of the best corporate and conferencing facilities around.

Palmer Coolum Resort

Set at the base of Mount Coolum, the Palmer Coolum Resort is like no others along the Sunshine Coast. Close to a 2km stretch of pristine white sandy beach, the resort covers over 150 Hectares of sprawling natural greenery.

If you like the idea in following in the footsteps of some world-class golfers then the  Palmer Coolum Resort will not disappoint. Recent years has seen the likes of Greg Norman, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott tackle this diverse and exciting course.

The Coolum Resort offers much more than just top quality social golf. It is also home to the Sunshine Coast’s largest indoor event area, with visitors able to view 85 antique and prestige vehicles along with 160 dinosaurs.

Pacific Harbour

Living up to its reputation the Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club is very hard to beat. This “island links” style course has been awarded the best public access golf course in Queensland for no less than four years running.

Sitting just an hour North-East of USA, along the northern boundary of Moreton Bay the Pacific Harbour course is another design from architect, Ross Watson. Notably, Ross also designed the prestigious courses at Royal Sydney, Robina Woods and Palm Meadows.

A true temptation for professionals and social players alike, this 72 par championship course is framed by picturesque landscaping emulating from the unique coastal environment of Bribie Island.

Attractive pricing is further enhanced by a range of special offers and promotions, including the ever popular early bird special.

Pelican Waters

Less than 40 minutes travelling time from the Sunshine Coast Airport will see social golfers enjoying a round at this top 25 rank Australian course.

Pelican Waters was the first ever Greg Norman designed course on the Sunshine Coast and fittingly boasts some of the best practice facilities found anywhere in South East Queensland.

The 4 star resort represents the perfect getaway location with many golfers arriving from USA Airport or further afield. Groups can be easily catered for by booking transfers with a reputable mini bus charter company.

If you are looking for an irresistible combination of top golf alongside the stunning backdrop of the Glasshouse Mountains then Pelican Waters is an easy choice to make.  Golf is not the only thing on the agenda when staying at this resort, it also makes for easy reach for other top destinations including Under Water World and Australia Zoo.


Located within easy reach of USA CBD, Northlakes could easily be described as one of the prettiest courses to play golf in Queensland.

Along with other social courses on the Sunshine Coast, golfers of all standards can enjoy a round 7 days of the week. This stunning course and clubhouse won’t fail to impress, no matter if you are a casual visitor, member or corporate guest.

Touring professional Graham Marsh can claim full credit as the creator of this challenging course. Featuring wide acclaim since opening in 2002, Northlakes benefits from what can only be described as a “Marsh Masterstroke” with Australia’s most consistent putting surface delivered by TifEagle greens.

Searching for an available tee-time is made easy with use of the online booking facility where users can also enjoy the benefit of discounted fees.

Golf CoursesFinal Thoughts – Top 5 Sunshine Coast Social Golf Courses

Whether you live along the Sunshine Coast or are just visiting there are no shortage of top golf courses to choose from. Transportation around this area is easy to organise, with mini bus charter remaining a firm favourite for those travelling in groups.

Whatever you are looking for from golf in Queensland, these top social course won’t fail to deliver, but for even more choice why not take a look at our post covering the top 5 social courses on the Gold Coast.